Refusing a Breathalyzer is not a crime in Connecticut, but it can result in serious penalties. When you refuse a breath test, your driver's license is automatically revoked. Additionally, you may still face criminal charges for DUI/DWI or other traffic violations.
The criminal defense attorneys of Paoletti & Gusmano, Attorneys at Law, work diligently to protect the rights of clients who have refused breath tests in the Bridgeport area. We have the knowledge and experience to help you fight the suspension of your license and any other charges related to your traffic stop.
Stopping the Suspension of Your License
When you signed your driver's license, you consented to breath, blood and urine testing for drugs and alcohol as a driver. When you refuse a Breathalyzer, the DMV is automatically notified of your refusal and your license is automatically suspended.
There is a limited amount of time to request a hearing to stop the suspension of your license. It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible who can help you request a hearing before the DMV.
Penalties for Breath Test Refusal
The length of your license suspension will depend on your age at the time of the breath test refusal:
- If you are over 21, your first refusal will result in a six-month suspension.
- If you are 16 or 17, your first refusal will result in an 18-month suspension.
- If you are between the ages of 18 and 20, your first refusal will result in a one-year suspension.
If this is your second or third Breathalyzer refusal, the suspension times will be longer.
Contact Our Bridgeport Lawyers About Sobriety Test Refusal
For answers to your questions about breath test refusal and field sobriety test refusals, contact our firm online, call us at 203-371-1000. We offer free initial consultations, and we provide effective advocacy at all stages of your case.